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11/16/2007 03:09:00 PM
Who Should Be Bonds' Lawyer?
Barry Bonds needs a lawyer.
Alberto E. Rodriguez/AP
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
I don't know if you've heard, but Barry Bonds was indicted last night. Regardless of how you feel about Bonds, he is going to have to mount a seamless defense in federal court if he hopes to avoid prison time. Here are five options for Barry to consider when it comes time to select a trial lawyer.
1. Stephon Marbury: It hasn't been the best week for Starbury, but he's shown himself to be awfully persuasive. After all, he skipped out on his team and allegedly threatened his coach, then talked everyone into letting him return as though nothing had happened.
2. Mike Francesa: On his show today, the NYC radio god has already begun discussing possible defense tactics for Bonds, including moving for a change of venue. Francesa is also a masterful talker, capable of intoxicating a jury with his multi-pronged arguments.
3. Scott Boras: The California-based agent is an attorney by trade, so he's not new to courtrooms. Also, with Alex Rodriguez now negotiating his contracts without help from Boras, he probably has some free time.
4. Paul Teutul, Sr.: The father from "American Chopper" is always arguing with his sons, so he understands how to mount a defense. Also, he's bigger than Bonds and would demand Barry's full attention.
5. Pacman Jones: If anyone really knows the ins and outs of the legal system by now, it's Pacman.
Who else should defend Barry Bonds? Let us know below…
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com